http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/19%20June%202018%20Garden%20Juice/HTML/ 19 June 2018 Garden Juice
Some garden produce was ready for preserving. This is the first for the 2018 season. The produce was kale,basil,parsley and romaine lettuce. A total of 5634 grams was processed and pressured canned in 16 liter jars. Kale 1568, Basil 354, Parsley 81, Romaine 3851.
The Process is: Collect and wash, place in a cooking pot with sufficient water to make drinkable, cook until soft, hand blend into a slurry, strain through a 2 mm mesh food mill, the residue from the food mill put through a Champion juicer to extract nutrients, place in liter jars and pressure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. This is my standard method of processing plant material.
http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/18%20June%202018%20Garden/HTML/ 18 June 2018 Garden
It has been dry for about ten days. Today there was a pleasant rain most welcome. I have been watering selectively the roots by pail but this at best is a stopgap.
I have no diseases and absolutely no bugs, almost a Silent Spring.It is not normal by any means. I have not one Colorado Potato Bug. The city sprays the rods for ice in the Winter using beet juice. I suspect is is the killer of snails and earthworms and many other insects. There is not an earthworm on any of the walking trails and they use to be covered after a rain.
http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/17%20June%202018%20Romaine%20Lettuce/HTML/ 17 June 2018 Romaine Lettuce
http://durgan.org/2011/?p=7103 Planting information.
One Romaine lettuce was pulled for the table. The plants are perfect and very large. Even the outer leaves are tender. I pull the outer leaves and work to the center. They have a few more days to full maturity. No chance of E coli from these.
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A fiber glass net is used on various fruit trees to deter bird damage. Fiber glass is very tough and is usually kept in place using plastic ties. It is not large enough to cover completely but does offer some protection. The typical net sold in hardware stores is basically useless. It tangles the birds and snags too easily. A perfect net is expensive so this is a compromise.
http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/15%20June%202018%20Celeriac/HTML/ 15 June 2018 Celeriac (Apium graveolens L)
Eight celeriac plants were purchased and placed in the outdoor garden. Closely elated to celery but is used like turnip or potato. Rarely offered as a vegetable in NA. My second year growing this vegetable.
http://durgan.org/2012/June%202012/15%20June%202018%20Sheet%20and%20Shake/HTML/ 15 June 2018 Sheet and Shake to pick berries.
Introduced to Haskap berries in the home garden a few years ago, I got a few pounds and found they were tedious to pick manually. It was discovered that the berries drop easily off the bush.I decided to experiment.
A bed sheet was cut in half and tucked under the haskap bush to be picked. The bush was shaken and the berries dropped onto the sheet readily. Six bushes were treated the same way and the berries were placed in a container. The debris was removed by winnowing using a leaf blower. It appears to be an ideal method of manually picking Haskap berries in a home garden. The sheet is readily placed in position and after picking folded and the berries are dumped in a container. There is no need to place the sheet on the opposite side of the bush, since the bush has enough elasticity to be placed over the sheet. I hereby christen the method SS or, Sheet and Shake method.
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I use this plant to hide the roof water barrels. It should be pruned after flowing, since blooms are produced on growth new this year. It is a pretty shrub and has many colors.
http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/13%20June%202018%20Shirley%20Poppy/HTML/ 13 June 2018 Shirley Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
One Shirley Poppy plant is flowering. These come up all over the garden. They are left to bloom where they come up. One plant produces many flowers and they take on all colors. The seeds are small and for the best display the plant must be single.
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The berries were picked of my six Haskap plants. 1546 grams were obtained.The fruit is hard to pick manually, since both hands are required to locate the berries. The fruit is always sour,so I made milk shakes out of them. There is probably a pound left for the Robins. There is an effort in BC and Nova Scotia to grow Haskap commercially. The connection of the berry to the stem is very weak and they fall easily. This is my first reasonable harvest.
http://durgan.org/2018/June%202018/9%20June%202018%20Dracunculus%20vulgaris/HTML/ 9 June 2018 Dracunculus vulgaris
This grows every year from two bulbs planted ten years ago. The vegetation disappears completely during the Summer. When the flowers first open they have a strong unpleasant odor to attract flies for pollination. The “Stink” that emanates from the flower on the day it opens smells somewhat like rotting meat and attracts flies as the chief pollinator. Luckily the odor dissipates after the first day, allowing you to enjoy the exotic beauty of this unusual plant! An ornamental cultivar. Dracunculus vulgaris is known by many names, Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Stink Lily.